A Family Adventure


Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Rec boating on Lake Potanipo

September 3, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated September 20, 2018

Labor Day, the last day of summer, ninety degrees, sunny, and we hadn’t yet been paddling this summer. “Let’s go kayaking this afternoon,” I said as we sat down for lunch, “just a quick dip.” “It takes us two hours to pack,” Tyson complained, “an hour to drive anywhere, and two hours to clean up […]

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Yudicky Farm Mountain Bike

September 1, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated September 12, 2018

We took Isaac mountain biking at Yudicky Farm. Friday evening, we invited Isaac’s older cousins to come with us. Sam and Eli compete in a mountain biking team. Jake and Ben ride with their family most weekends. Sam and Eli were free Saturday morning, but needed to be back in Jaffrey for haying in the […]

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Red Creek Swim

August 28, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated September 11, 2018

My favorite swimming hole (and many other people’s) is just north of the Breathed Mountain trail intersection with Red Creek trail. Above the swimming hole, there’s a solid rock beach for sunning. The tannic water falls off the side of the beach down a series of cascades to a pool roofed by trees. In spring […]

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Almost Seneca

August 26, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated August 30, 2018

We took Isaac to the “Little Rocks”, a small cliff above Canaan Valley, West Virginia. It would be generous to say the cliff is thirty feet tall. The face is streaked with horizontal cracks. Great for beginners. My parents, Tyson, and I were here to train for a multi-pitch climb on Seneca Rocks. The Climb […]

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Caves on Monadnock

August 19, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated September 5, 2018

“Is that the top?” Isaac asked looking up through the trees. “No, just a ridge,” I repeated. Shortly, our trail tee-d into the Cliff Walk trail. Tyson stopped there for a bio break. “Isaac, want to climb this rock while we wait?” The bottom of the rock had many fissures and steps making it easy […]

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Backpack the Dosewallips to Anderson Glacier, Olympic Peninsula

August 27, 2017
Emilie Phillips
updated August 22, 2018

In August 2017, we backpacked seven days into the mountains of the Olympic Peninsula. Here’s the story of how we took our 4 year old up five thousand feet to see glaciers, bears, and alpine meadows. This trip succeeded largely because of advanced planning. I’ll write a future post with the details. I’d also like […]

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Over Hill, Under Hill, and Around Pawtuckaway

July 29, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated August 15, 2018

We had an Isaac free day. I wanted to hike as far as we could. Tyson wanted to have fun exploring. And we couldn’t stray far from south-eastern New Hampshire because we had to pick Isaac back up. The only place in south-eastern New Hampshire is Pawtuckaway (map). We’ve been rock climbing there. We’ve been […]

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Isaac Climbs Marlow

July 21, 2018
Tyson Sawyer
updated August 1, 2018

Isaac wanted to go rock climbing. He had been to Rumney once, but that could hardly count. He had been gym climbing a couple of times. Two years ago, his grandparents introduced him to outdoor climbing during two days in WV. Looking for a few easy climbs and no crowds, we chose the crag in […]

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